A CBI special court in Ahmedabad on Saturday allowed retired Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara, a key accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter cases, to return home to the state.
Special judge SJ Raje modified the bail condition that had confined Vanzara to Mumbai for the past one year, fearing that his presence in his home state would pose a threat to witnesses.
Vanzara had expressed threat to his life in Mumbai which is “a native place of hardcore and internationally-declared criminals like Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel”. After the Bombay HC had lifted confinement orders, he had moved the CBI court last week.
The retired police officer’s bail plea said, “…The applicant (Vanzara) is Z-category protected person and so far the Mumbai city is concerned, it is the native place of hardcore and internationally declared criminals like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and others who are facing red corner notices.
The applicant while on service has booked such criminals and detected and unearthed the criminal conspiracies and their crime against the nation and the terrorists’ acts conspired or committed by them. The applicant has constant and serious threat from such declared criminals as well as certain terrorist groups like SIMI, India (Indian) Mujahidin and Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaise Mohammad (Jaish-e-Mohammad), etc. Such terrorist groups have wide spread networks in the city of Mumbai, therefore the applicant is facing serious threat to his life in Mumbai… accordingly, to force the applicant to stay in Mumbai or outside Gujarat would amount to putting the applicant inside the jaws of death.”
Vanzara also put forward the necessity to have home-cooked food owing to a skin disease.